Peanut and chocolate cookies

I made these cookies about a month ago before uni work completely took over my life and they are now a rather vague and distant memory. However,  what I do remember very clearly is crisp edges and a gooey-chewy centre, vital components of any good cookie in my opinion. (I’m writing this at 8am,  just after breakfast, but thinking about these cookies has ignited a phenomenal desire to re-make them. 8am isn’t too early to want a cookie is it?) As almost any baker, I am on a quest for the ‘best’ cookie recipe. The recipe used for these cookies is from delicious:days, and they definitely score very highly. These were also the first brown butter cookies I’ve ever made, which requires heating the butter until it turns a golden brown colour. I was, perhaps, a little too worried about burning the butter though, and therefore not leaving it to brown enough, as I wasn’t entirely sure I could taste the difference in the finished product. Nevertheless, they definitely still tasted amazing. I slightly altered the ingredients from those given with the delicious:days recipe as follows:

  • 150g butter
  • 50g dark and 50g milk chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks
  • 75g salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 150g light soft brown sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • generous pinch fine sea-salt

I really liked the salty peanut and chocolate mix, but can’t wait to experiment with different additions.The child in me loves Smarties cookies, but the recipe I normally use to make them can be a little temperamental at times, the weight of the Smarties causing the centre of the cookie to fall out. Maybe I need to try Smarties out in this cookie dough. Dried cranberries, white chocolate and maybe some orange zest might also make a good festive combination right now.  Would little chunks of chopped up Mars bar work?

This definitely hasn’t eased my early morning cookie craving!


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